My background is varied. I have previously worked as a clerk, office manager, sales representative and musician. However, it was the birth of my son Joshua in 1989, that signalled a change of course in my life. I began studying to become a Childbirth Educator. I became very involved with Parents Centres Australia (a consumer pressure group), both on the management committee and as a Childbirth Educator. We lobbied together for change for pregnant women and their families. During my involvement with Parents Centres Australia I set up 'Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond' through which I provided childbirth education classes initially, followed by independent midwifery services once I qualified as a midwife.
I studied continually since 1989. I've gained Parents Centres Australia Certificate in Childbirth Education 1991, Associates in Childbirth Education Diploma in Childbirth Education in 1993, Bachelor of Nursing with Distinction in 1994. Graduate Diploma in Health Science (Midwifery) in 1996, Gradate Diploma in Childbirth Education in 2004 and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant 2008.
As a Midwife I have worked both in the hospital system, on a Team Midwifery Program, and in independent midwifery practice. I have been involved as a midwifery author in "The Birth Book" and "Pregnancy for Dummies Australian and New Zealand edition".
I have dedicated my life to supporting families, as they move through pregnancy, birth and beyond. I have a passion for birth, believe in its normality and have a commitment to promote the rights of parents.